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Joseph was the favourite son of his father Jacob and much envied by his elder brothers. When he appeared to his brothers wearing a new coat of many colours given to him by his father, they resolved to kill him. His brother Reuben persuaded the others to mitigate the crime by abandoning the boy in an empty well (Genesis, XXXVII, 12–24). Painted c.1670, the painting provides an example of violent emotion unusual in Murillo’s work.
oil on canvas
151.9 x 225.6 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1854; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897
The Wallace Collection
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